R&R 3 Arborvitae


LawnSite Member
So. Central CT
One of my mowing customers wants me to quote him a price to remove three(3) 6' arborvitae and replace them with 3 new 3/4' or 4/5' arborvitae. The old material will be disposed of on-site.
I'm trying to figure out how many hours to quote. I've never removed one by hand before. What kind of root structure do they have? How many hours would you figure? Usually I mark the plants up around 40-50%. Is this enough to cover me for possible plant loss? Is there a big difference between the Dark American and Emerald Green varieties?



LawnSite Member
I'm getting ready to either dig out/ call a stump grinder out to take care of it.

The stump is about 10" in diameter, but the roots don't seem that tough.

If i had my own stumpgrinder i'd grind it, but I don't. So I'll try digging...

If I had 3 to do I would call a stump grinder


LawnSite Platinum Member
6 footers should not be that difficult to get out,arbs are typical of most evergreens in that they have a shallow root structure with many top feeder roots. (they do not have real taproots like deciduous trees.)
Emerald green arbs are slower growing,hold up a bit better to snow and are more expensive.
American arbs,or northern white cedar as they really are,grow faster,are a bit cheaper,but do get more snow damage due to the faster growth habit.


LawnSite Fanatic
kidding right? i can rip out a 6 ft arb with my bare hands. charge $25 to remove the 3, then mark up new ones 110%


LawnSite Senior Member
Sparta, NJ
arbs are rediculously easy to take out and put in....25 to remove sounds good and easily 100% markup to install. this job should take 30 minutes.



LawnSite Silver Member
Morgantown, WV
We charge around 30.00 each for removals like that. They should come out fairly easy with a transplant spade w/ a sharp edge, and a spud bar. Widen the holes a little, and pop the new ones in place w/ some polymer gel / fert , and it's Miller time!!

Dave W

LawnSite Member
central NY
i've yanked 6' arbs with a shovel.they are a piece of cake.
$40.00/hr and 100% mark up.